it in her stride
giving it stars? Scary. But it did all right, didn’t it?” “I remember the first track I ever did being played on Rinse. Sitting in my kitchen, I couldn’t get over the fact that someone in north London might be listening to my voice.” Comparisons have naturally been made to Adele, who kept her album off the top spot, and Jessie J. Like Katie, both are London girls who graduated from the performing arts school in Croydon. It’s lazy, perhaps, but the music industry likes putting artists in boxes. Katie’s typically relaxed about such suggestions, as she seems about most things. “Well, I guess I am a girl,” she said. “They’re obviously girls as well, but everyone’s got their own style. It’s fine, I don’t mind comparisons, really.” Before her own album, Katie had lent her voice to a number of tracks over the past three or four years, most notably Good Life with DJ Geeneus, who runs Rinse FM, and Magnetic Man’s Perfect Stranger. It’s often thought the role of featured artist is an unfulfilling one – Katie, however, would have been quite happy with that career path. “I love singing on people’s records,” she beams. “No offence, but featured artists don’t have to do interviews. I’m quite a shy person, so the idea of people quoting what I say is really daunting. I don’t really like having my picture taken. “It’s amazing to have the chance to do my own thing, but really I just love singing.”
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